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Winter Skincare Picks | 12 Days of Blogmas 2018

I get a lot of questions about my skincare routines for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter, particularly what products I’m using and what I’d recommend. So I thought for Blogmas Day 2 I’d share my top picks for the season, and what I use in order to keep my skin looking and feeling it’s best – whatever the weather!

For me, beauty starts with the skin. The more care you take of your skin, the better you’ll feel. Your makeup will look better, you’ll look and feel healthier, and the signs of ageing will remain at bay.

I highly recommend having a skin detox on the run up to Christmas. With all the rich foods and drink over the festive period, it’s key to give your skin time to rest up and cleanse itself of impurities between binge days and nights out (It’s also a key thing to do in January, too!). Couple that with dark, cold nights it’s a given that we spend a lot of time at home. It’s a bit of a no brainer to  detox the skin during the winter months, in preparation for the warmer months to come.

The biggest thing you can do to start with is invest in a good SPF – even in winter! Not only for your health (nobody wants to risk Melanoma) but it’ll prevent fine lines and age spots from appearing too. If you don’t want to bother adding a separate SPF each morning before your makeup, invest in a foundation that contains one. Two birds, one stone!

Take the day off

This is something I do RELIGIOUSLY before bed each night – no matter how tired/sick/busy/drunk I am! Using the Garnier Micellar Water I simply use round cotton pads to remove the bulk of my makeup. I use this micellar water all year round because I find it cheap and effective. Personally I NEVER use a face wipe if I can help it, because I don’t like the idea of dragging the skin too hard. I’ve tried various micellar waters, but as they all do a similar job I try not to spend a fortune. What’s the point?

Then I follow this up with the Pixi Glow Tonic to remove any residue, as well as removing dead skin cells and soothing the skin. There’s a reason why so many people rave about this product. Unashamedly, I’m one of them! I love this stuff! It may be pricey but I love the way it revitalizes my skin, minimizes my pores and gives me a healthy glow all in one go.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Depending on my mood these products change regularly to mix things up a little. I don’t know how true this is, but I like to vary the products I use on my face every few days so my skin doesn’t become too accustomed to them. This may be because I always believed your skin would build up an immunity to the products, but who knows? The selection of products remains the same, I just rotate when I use them.

For the cold weather I like to use moisturizers that are slightly thicker and richer than in the summer. My favourite is the Clinique Moisture Surge, and I’ve always got a pot of this in circulation. It has a gel consistency and doesn’t feel too thick on the skin, so you can definitely feel it moisturizing and hydrating the skin.

This winter I’ve been trialing the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It came highly recommended and I’m enjoying it so far. Kiehl’s are an expensive brand but I’ve liked everything I’ve tried from them, so I justify the cost this way. As it contains Imperata Cylindrica it hydrates and protects the skin from harsh weather making it a perfect companion for wintertime.

I have also been using The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 to add a little more moisture. During the colder months I find that my skin becomes very dry. At the moment the Autumn/Winter has been quite mild, but as we progress towards the end of the year and the temperature inevitably drops, something more hydrating is definitely needed.

Masking it up

I love sheet masks all year round but especially during winter time. There’s much debate over how effective sheet masks really are, but I personally like the way my skin looks and feels after I’ve used one.

One brand that I’ve been a fan of for a while now is Tony Moly; there’s even a review of their masks here! I still buy and use these religiously; I love the way my pores look after them! The Garnier Moisture Bomb masks are also fab – especially the pomegranate and grape seed ones. Again, hyaluronic acid is the magic ingredient in these. I’m sensing a trend…

SIDE NOTE: Whilst we’re on the subject of hydration, make sure you drink plenty of water! It’s a bit of a moot point to spend so much time and money on your skin when you don’t drink enough. The basic thing you can do is to stay hydrated. I drink a lot of water every day and I really believe that this contributes to my skin looking really good. It helps flush your system of any impurities, and keeps your skin looking plump and firm.

Lip Service

One thing that I do get is chapped lips from exposure to the cold. It doesn’t matter how much lipstick/gloss/balm I use, it inevitably happens. One product I use religiously is Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, of which I have sung multiple praises. There’s even a blog post on how you can use it effectively! As it is much thicker than your standard lip balm, it lasts a lot longer and manages to keep lips supple and smooth – even in the coldest of winters. It is a pricey product but is definitely worth the money; a little goes a long way.

This winter, I’ve also been using Glossier Balm Dotcom, in Birthday, Coconut and Mint. I’ve heard lots of positive things about these products, so placed a cheeky order back in September to trial them out myself. So far I’ve been impressed with the texture and longevity; I’ve only used the coconut one but so far so good!

There are a lot more products that I keep on rotation (including my trusty Kiehls Midnight Recovery Serum), but these are some of the products perfect for Winter, and a few of my picks for this year.

Please let me know in the comments any products or tips you’d recommend for keeping your skin looking it’s best this festive period!

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